Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after striking pedestrian on San Pablo

A pedestrian suffered major injuries after being hit by a driver in a van on San Pablo Avenue on Thursday afternoon, police report.


Update, Sept. 2: The injured pedestrian, Vincent Koehler, did not survive. His family said goodbye to him this week.

Update, Aug. 20: The pedestrian who was struck by a driver on San Pablo Avenue on Thursday remains at the hospital in critical but stable condition as of Friday afternoon, authorities report. The driver has been identified as Barry Bull, according to arrest records confirmed by Berkeley police.

Update, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. A 65-year-old Berkeley man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing injury after striking a 59-year-old pedestrian on San Pablo Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

As of Thursday evening, police said the man who was struck is in critical but stable condition. San Pablo Avenue remains closed between Grayson Street and Heinz Avenue due to the ongoing police response.


Original story: A pedestrian was hospitalized with major injuries on Thursday after being hit by a driver on San Pablo Avenue, according to Berkeley police.

The crash happened at about 2:45 p.m. when a person driving a van hit a pedestrian near San Pablo Avenue and Oregon Street, said Officer Byron White, police spokesperson. The driver, whose name has not been released, remained at the scene.

The pedestrian was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland with major injuries, White said. Due to the severity of the man’s injuries, BPD sent in its Fatal Accident Investigation Team to analyze the scene and oversee the investigation.

San Pablo Avenue is closed to cars between Grayson Street and Heinz Avenue while police complete their investigation, which could take several hours, White said. Drivers are asked to plan alternate routes.

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